Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott is one of the hosts of NPR's "The Two-Way" news blog.

"The Two-Way," which Memmott helped to launched when he came to NPR in 2009, focuses on breaking news, analysis, and the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Before joining NPR, Memmott worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor at USA Today. He focused on a range of coverage from politics, foreign affairs, economics, and the media. He's reported from places across the Unites States and the world, including half a dozen trips to Afghanistan in 2002-2003.

During his time at USA Today, Memmott, helped launch and lead three USAToday.com news blogs: "On Deadline," "The Oval" and "On Politics," the site's 2008 presidential campaign blog.

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11:54am

Mon January 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Secretary Clinton Back At Work

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 12:49 pm

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (at right, in front) in a photo released today (Jan 7, 2013) by the State Department. A spokesman says it was taken around 9:15 a.m. ET at a meeting with the department's assistant secretaries.
State Department

After nearly a month of health problems that culminated with a stay in a New York City hospital for treatment of a blood clot in a vein between her brain and her skull, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was back in her office Monday morning.

The State Department released a photo of the 65-year-old, soon-to-be-retired Clinton chairing a weekly meeting of assistant secretaries.

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11:35am

Mon January 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Big Banks Agree To Pay $8.5 Billion To Settle Foreclosure-Abuse Claims

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 6:26 pm

April 2011: A foreclosure sign in front of a home in Richmond, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Ten of the nation's major mortgage servicing companies, including household names such as Bank of America and Citibank, have agreed to pay $8.5 billion to resolve claims that they abused some homeowners when they foreclosed on mortgages during the recent housing crisis, the Federal Reserve and the Comptroller of the Currency announced late Monday morning.

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10:51am

Mon January 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Lee Harvey Oswald's Apartment Building Is Coming Down, Dallas Declares

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 5:25 pm

Lee Harvey Oswald on Nov. 23, 1963, after his arrest for President Kennedy's assassination. The next day, Oswald was shot and killed as he was being moved from a Dallas police station to the local county jail.
dpa /Landov

After more than a year of legal wrangling, the city of Dallas has apparently decided enough is enough.

It is sending contractors to an apartment building once lived in by presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald to tear the dilapidated structure down.

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8:50am

Mon January 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Top Stories: CIA Nomination; Aurora Shooting Hearing; Football

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III reinjured his right knee during Sunday's playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. Washington lost 24-14.
Al Bello Getty Images

Good morning.

Our first two headlines of the day were on news that broke this morning:

-- Counterterrorism Adviser Brennan To Be Tapped For CIA.

-- Bank Of America To Pay Fannie Mae $3.6B, Buy Back $6.75B In Mortgages.

Other stories making headlines:

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8:39am

Mon January 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Bank Of America To Pay Fannie Mae $3.6B, Buy Back $6.75B In Mortgages

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 9:43 am

Bank of America's corporate center in Charlotte, N.C.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Bank of America announced this morning that it will pay the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) $3.6 billion in cash and will buy back $6.75 billion worth of mortgages to resolve claims related to mortgage-backed securities sold to Fannie Mae by the bank and Countrywide Financial Corp. (which BofA acquired in 2008.

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7:42am

Mon January 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Counterterrorism Adviser Brennan To Be Tapped For CIA

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 9:46 am

John Brennan, who President Obama wants to lead the CIA.
Alex Wong Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Tom Bowman on the Hagel nomination

President Obama will announce today that he plans to nominate John Brennan to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, an administration official with knowledge of the decision tells NPR's Tom Bowman.

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2:04pm

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Now You Don't See Them, Now You Do: Pelosi Defends Doctored Photo

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 3:12 pm

The four lawmakers who were, but weren't, there at the time. (We put the oval around them to make them easier to see.)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi's Facebook page

1:24pm

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

It's Official: Electoral Votes Are Counted; Obama & Biden Won

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 1:35 pm

An image of New York's Electoral College certificate.
Electoral College

Update at 1:30 p.m. ET: The counting is done and as expected, President Obama and Vice President Biden collected all 332 Electoral College votes they earned on Election Day. Their Republican opponents, Mitt Romney and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, received 206 votes each.

Since it takes 270 Electoral College votes to be elected, the president and vice president have indeed been returned to office.

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11:56am

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

In Australia, Trees Made Famous By Aboriginal Artist Fall To Suspected Arsonist

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 1:47 pm

One of the "ghost gums," which fell to the ground after being set afire.
Northern Territory Govt., Dept. of Attorney General & Justice

Two "ghost gum" trees that were revered by many in Australia after being made famous by Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira have been found toppled over and burned — victims of a suspected arsonist.

The trees, in the outback near Alice Springs, were due to soon be put on Australia's national heritage register, The Guardian says. It adds that:

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11:27am

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Update: Senate Joins House In Passing Sandy Aid Bill

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 2:27 pm

Superstorm Sandy swept through the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., in late October. In late November, this sign symbolized the hope of homeowners that help would be coming soon.
Eric Thayer Reuters /Landov

Update at 2:17 p.m. ET. Passage In The Senate:

The Senate just passed, by unanimous agreement, a bill that injects more than $9 billion into the insurance program that will assist those hit hard by Superstorm Sandy last October.

President Obama had urged passage and is expected to quickly sign the bill.

Our original post:

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9:47am

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Secretary Clinton Now Expected Back In Her Office Next Week

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 12:00 pm

Wednesday: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (in sunglasses) as she left New York Presbyterian Hospital with her husband, former president Bill Clinton (top right), and their daughter, Chelsea.
Joshua Lott Reuters /Landov

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is "looking forward to coming back to work next week," spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says.

Clinton, 65, was discharged from New York Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday.

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8:35am

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

155,000 Jobs Added In December, Jobless Rate At 7.8 Percent

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 12:00 pm

Looking for work: The scene at a "diversity job fair" in Manhattan last month.
John Moore Getty Images

There were 155,000 jobs added to public and private payrolls in December, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday morning.

That's right in line with economists' expectations and is another sign of steady, though modest, growth in employment. In November, employers added an estimated 161,000 jobs. The average monthly gain in 2012 was 153,000 jobs, BLS says. That's the same average as in 2011.

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8:16am

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

In War-Torn Northern Syria, Children 'Only Paint In Red'

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 9:18 am

Children often show signs of trauma from their experiences inside Syria. A U.N. team interviewing Syrian children in a refugee camp found that most lost a loved one in the fighting, and almost half have post-traumatic stress disorder.
Jodi Hilton for NPR
  • From 'Morning Edition': Deborah Amos on the children of Northern Syria

Shocking statistics, such as the U.N.'s estimate that more than 60,000 people have died in Syria since anti-regime protests and fighting began in March 2011, tell only part of the story.

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7:37am

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Malala Released From Hospital; Taliban's Attack On Teen Sparked Outrage

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 1:08 pm

Malala Yousafzai waved earlier today as she was released from a hospital in Birmingham, England.
University Hospitals Birmingham EPA /Landov

7:14am

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Did Hiring Pick Up As 2012 Ended? We'll Find Out Shortly

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 8:38 am

The scene at a job fair in San Mateo, Calif., earlier this year.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Yuki Noguchi previews the jobs report

8:35 a.m. ET. And the answer is: 155,000 jobs added to payrolls in December; the jobless rate held at 7.8 percent. (November's rate was revised up to 7.8 percent.)

Our original post:

Here it comes — the always eagerly anticipated news about jobs and the nation's unemployment rate.

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